Girrior Wins Hoosier GNCC
FMF/KTM’s Johnny Girroir became the sixth different winner in as many races in the 2023 Grand National Cross-Country Series when he captured his first career GNCC overall victory at the Hoosier GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana, May 6-7. Never has the GNCC Championship started with this many different winners.
Girroir came from behind, sitting as far down as eighth overall during the early going before moving though the pack to win the abbreviated two-and-a-half-hour race, beating Tely Energy Racing/Rocky Mountain ATV-MC KTM Racing’ s Steward Baylor by 17 seconds.
Some of the tougher hills and sections were cut out of the track before the race due to overnight rain, making for a shorter course, therefore the race was shortened to hold down the chance of lappers.
Baylor passed defending champion Magna1 Racing Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburn to take the lead of the eight-lap race on lap three. XC2 250 Pro rider Phoenix Racing Honda’s Mike Witkowski ran in second overall on adjusted time ahead of Ashburn after two laps, with another XC2 rider, AmPro Yamaha’s Liam Draper, hot on his heels. Witkowski’s and Draper’s duel would turn out to be the battle of the day.
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